Meet the #iOSR growers: Chris Baylis
- Chris Baylis: head of farming at Sir Richard Sutton Estates, manages around 850 hectares of oilseed rape among the 6,000ha of cropping across three farming units, from Lincolnshire down to Hampshire and Dorset. To establish the crop he uses a Vaderstad Rapid fitted with a Cultivation Solutions toolbar creating a combined strip till drill, the design incorporates a coulter either side of the cultivator tine, in a configuration that gives more of a band sowing effect and spreads the plant spacing, placement fertiliser is also applied across the band at sowing. All the crops are hybrid varieties drilled at 35 seeds per hectare throughout the season – which is completed by the end of August. The farms cereal rotation aims for 40 per cent first wheats, with oilseed rape still one of the best performers as an entry crop; last year’s average yield of 4.4t/ha was slightly above the farm’s long-term average.